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Back in his hometown for WWE’s Battleground PPV tomorrow night at Scottrade Center, WWE Superstar Randy Orton made a stop by Busch Stadium to talk some baseball and take in the St. Louis Cardinals game against the New York Mets tonight.
“I’ve seen so many locker rooms, so many arenas, but ballparks–not so much,” said Orton, who toured the clubhouse and team facilities after batting practice. “Their training facility was amazing. The rehab stuff they had was great.” Orton, who’s battled through shoulder and other injuries over the course of his WWE career, compared notes with several of the players on their own injuries. “Adams was telling me about his quad and how far out he is, how he’ll be able to swing in a couple of weeks,” relayed Orton. “As an athlete, you kind of do what you’ve got to do–you ice it, you do therapy, you see the doc and do what the doc says. You’ve got that hunger inside to come back so you know you’re eventually going to get back there.
“To see Matt Adams here, injured and on the DL but with all the boys here for support, here to be part of the team, one of the guys–it reminded me of how the WWE locker room is. It’s a band of brothers. Everyone kind of has each other’s back and you could feel that in there and it’s a good feeling.”
Recently engaged, Orton was joined by two of his three soon-to-be stepsons and seeing their excitement at meeting the ballplayers reminded him of the kids who meet the WWE superstars before events. It also took Randy back to his days growing up in North County and cheering for the Cardinals. “Ozzie Smith, that was my dude,” stated Orton. “With my schedule, it’s hard to keep up with everything. but to get kind of revitalized with the whole Cardinals and the baseball thing, and to come down here and meet everybody–I would say I’m a born-again fan. I’m going to have to get back into it.” It will be a family affair at Battleground for Orton, who is a third-generation wrestler. While his father, Cowboy Bob Orton, still frequents events and occasionally still climbs in the ring, it will be Momma Orton seated in the front row to watch her son take on Sheamus.
@JoeyStyles: Knowing that he can have a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match whenever he damn well pleases, I expect The Celtic Warrior to walk away and take a loss by intentional count-out when he senses that an RKO is coming “outta nowhere.” WINNER: Randy Orton
@HowardFinkel: I have been a big advocate of The Celtic Warrior since he returned to WWE with a new attitude and look. And winning the Money in the Bank contract was a huge feather in the Irishman’s cap! But that was then and this is now. This match could go either way, but I feel that The Viper will be a mere three seconds better than Sheamus this Sunday. WINNER: Randy Orton
Anthony Benigno: Randy Orton’s brief leave of absence opened the door for Sheamus to run rampant, and The Apex Predator’s return has Mr. Money in the Bank appropriately shook. The Celtic Warrior was made a fool on Raw by Orton’s mocking RKO, which means he’ll have a grudge going into their Battleground brawl. And, as we all know, an angry Sheamus is the most effective Sheamus. WINNER: Sheamus
Jeff Laboon: Randy Orton is the most vindictive Superstar of all time. Every time Orton thinks about Sheamus, he thinks about how that Money in the Bank contract should travel with him. WINNER: Randy Orton
Bobby Melok: Don’t expect too many headlocks and hip-tosses when The Viper and The Celtic Warrior enter the ring. An all-out brawl favors Sheamus, so look for Mr. Money in the Bank to be victorious, despite Orton’s home field advantage in St. Louis. WINNER: Sheamus
Randy Orton: 3, Sheamus: 2
Randy Orton will look to settle the score with Mr. Money in the Bank, Sheamus, when they go head-to-head at WWE Battleground in a match announced today on WWE’s Twitter account.
Tensions between both Superstars have been high since WWE Money in the Bank when the two crossed paths multiple times during the event’s eponymous Ladder Match — a match that Sheamus ultimately won. Tempers still flared the next night on Raw when The Viper distracted The Celtic Warrior, causing him to lose his match against Dean Ambrose. However, later that same evening, Sheamus viciously returned the favor and attacked The Apex Predator during his match with Kane.
The Irishman’s attack left Orton out of commission until this past week, when he returned to WWE’s flagship show ready to strike. The two former WWE World Heavyweight Champions traded blows until The Viper ultimately caught Sheamus with an RKO out of nowhere that left Mr. Money in the Bank lying.
After weeks of brutal exchanges, both competitors will get the opportunity to test their might against one another at Battleground. Will Sheamus overthrow Orton as he continues to seek out the perfect moment to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Or will The Viper, a former Money in the Bank winner himself, put the exclamation point on his return by stopping Sheamus head-on?
To find out, watch WWE Battleground live on the award-winning WWE Network, this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT!
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